I'm hoping someone here who has been to Indonesia before can give me a few suggestions.
My girlfriend and I will be in Indonesia over Christmas and we are looking for ideas on where to stay. We are fairly young (25 and 31) and want go somewhere where there is night life so we can party but not to the point where its 24/7 party all the time and full of 18 year olds on a gap year (no offence to gap yearing 18yr olds!). We also want to be able to relax, eat some nice food and go on some nice activities. Our current thinking is Gili Air as its mid way between the busier Gili Trawangan and quiet Gili Meno. Just to give you a bit more background, we will both be backpacking ourselves and while we have a budget and will be hostelling we were looking to treat ourselves for several days over Christmas, ideally looking for on the beach front style bungalow accommodation.
Iâ€™d really appreciate your thoughts on Gili Air and any other locations you think are worth considering in Bali, Lombok and any of the other islands, plus accommodation recommendations.
#1 trevstonbury has been a member since 13/8/2014. Posts: 1
The gilis will be very busy during christmas and you should book something fairly soon. Also, we have ( I live on GT) very few beachfront accommodations because building on the beach is prohibited, so all bungalows will be set back across from the beach road. If you want to be close enough to walk or pedal to town but far enough away from the crowds & the mosque you might want to look into places on the north or west side of the island. Anticipate spending 600,000 - 800,000 IDR per night for midrange accommodation during christmas.
Gili Air is lovely but there are no party nights, if that's what you are after.
some suggested places to stay on GT: karma kayak, eden cottages or exile. Coconut dream bungalows is in town but set back a bit from the main strip if you want to be closer to the action of "sentral"
I'm not entirely sure where savorygal gets her information, but there definitely are party nights on Gili Air nowadays. I just came back from there; I was on the island for about 3 months. I'd say it's starting to look more and more like Gili T. when it comes to parties and nightlife. Which really isn't that good a thing. For now it still is relatively quiet I suppose, when you compare it with Gili T. I haven't been around at Christmas but yes I imagine it would be busy and booking ahead is a must. Most places on Gili Air are walking distance from the beach (in fact, walking around the whole outside of the island only takes 90min.) and you can find something for every budget range. From basic places with basic amenities, to luxury bungalows with wifi, breakfast and a pool. The above mentioned prices seem a little steep to me, you might be able to get a nice enough accommodation for a little lower amount of IDR per night. In some cases it's worth contacting the owners personally to see if you can come up with a good price for the amount of days you want to stay.
Personally, I think Bali is getting a bit too busy nowadays, even outside the high season. Still, if you have enough money to spend, it would be worth checking out places like Sanur, Seminyak or even Nusa Dua (usually very expensive).
#3 MindsEye has been a member since 15/8/2014. Posts: 1
savorygal gets her information from living on the Gilis. she's a consistently reliable source of accurate information. so there!
i just returned from Gili Air too, and while my six days can't compare to three months, i'd agree with savorygal that Gili Air still isn't the party place that Gili T is. i imagine this is a matter of degrees of course, but the parties we saw and attended didn't compare to the blowouts we've seen elsewhere. you can still have a great time, but it isn't an all night, all the time kind of scene. but i did think it was the right amount of night life the OP is looking for.
i also agree with savory's suggestion that the Christmas holidays will be a very busy period, and that prices usually jump as the no vacancy signs go up. if it were me, i'd look to book one of the homestay-style places in the middle of the island. it is still a short and pleasant walk or a fun cimodo ride to nearly anywhere from there. cheers.